Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Life Moves Pretty Fast...

...as my favorite film protagonist, Ferris Bueller, once said.

Trevor has been off work since June 19. It has been so nice to be able to spend this time with him. It isn't often that he's home more than four nights in a row! We finished off the entire series of Arrested Development on Netflix Instant Streaming, and watched a few movies - Forgiving the Franklins (awful), Avatar (so overhyped, but okay), and Surrogates (okay, not stellar). We also drove up to Hapeville and ate lunch at Which Wich?? last Tuesday, ran some errands last week, and took care of some of my name-change business that I still haven't really gotten around to, nearly a year after the wedding (to be fair, I didn't decide until last April to even consider changing my name, and I still wasn't sure I wanted to change it after the wedding).

Trevor picked up a day line today, so I'm finally getting a little time to myself. I spent the time after he left this morning working on updates to the church's website (a volunteer task I picked up to help keep me stimulated as I search for a job). It was a little more intensive than I was expecting it to be! However, I accomplished everything by about 1:15, so I've still got the rest of the day to spend working on personal projects, like sending out some thank you notes and working on some new cards.

I hope to be back in full swing around Friday, with regular posts and new projects to share!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Still Alive...

Last Sunday, Trevor and I flew out to Chicago for a couple days to see our friends Dave and Erin. We tried to come home on Wednesday only to find a slim chance of getting out of O'Hare as standbys. Trevor was able to go home positive space on a Delta flight because he had to work the next day, but I spent the night with Dave and Erin. I decided my best bet was to go through Minneapolis, but there was a cancellation headed to Atlanta that day so I ended up going to Grand Forks with Rachel instead. My plane ended up diverting to Fargo because there were tornadoes spotted near the Grand Forks airport. I spent Thursday and Friday night at Kurt and Dani's apartment and hung out with the gang before flying back to Atlanta yesterday. I ended up taking a Grand Forks-Minneapolis-Indianapolis-Atlanta route because once again, something was cancelled in Minneapolis yesterday morning.

I spent today just being happy to be home. :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lots of Exciting News!

1) Lots of good things coming out of Trevor's airline right now. The furloughed pilots will likely all be coming back within a year thanks to the summer schedule, the 30-40 going to Vietnam, and the general increase that comes from the added United Express routes they picked up this spring. A few captain positions are open in both bases, too.

2) We're sneaking off to Chicago tomorrow for a few days to see our dear friends Dave and Erin! I've only been there once before, for Dave and Erin's wedding, and we really didn't get a chance to see much of the city. However, what happened while I was there made the whole trip worth it: I met Dave and Erin; I celebrated their wedding with them, Trevor, Jeff, and Daina; and on the night after the wedding, Trevor and I went for a drive and found a cute little park where Trevor proposed to me! I don't know if we'll make it back to that spot on this trip, but it would be nice to take some pictures there during daylight. :)

3) I've been chosen to part of the design team at Reverie Creations. It's a wonderful site, which both a message board and a store front. They've got some great specials going on right now. And of course, the part that Trevor likes best is the fact that they are based in West Saint Paul, Minnesota -- close to where he grew up. He's got a special pride in Minnesota and loves businesses that are based there. However, it's pretty easy when the list includes Target and Best Buy!

4) Michael's has the whole Amplified line by American Crafts on clearance right now -- down to as low as 29 cents a sheet. There's even scalloped edge pattern papers with solid reverse sides! I've become a big fan of purple lately, and these papers are helping feed the addiction for a little while!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cards #31-36: Hello



{Supplies: Bo Bunny papers, Bazzil Cardstock, Paper Studio Cardstock, Hero Arts stamps, and Hobby Lobby Ink with American Crafts Zing clear Embossing Powder}

I made six of these just playing around one night. I think I gave them to my mom because I can't find them now. What I can find is a batch of sympathy cards I made from the same papers but hope I'll never have to use. I think they're almost too happy looking, so I'll probably be reserving those for my dear friends who have "fur babies" or "tank babies" when they face the inevitable loss of their pets. Or, we will do as Trevor's friend Saus did for our wedding -- send sympathy cards to the bride or groom mourning the loss of their singledom! ;)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cards #25-30: Thanks



A set of 6 Thank You notes, with the flower on each being just a little different. Everything except the stamp is from the MM Whimsy line, and it all came at a discount from either Target or Tuesday Morning. The stamp is my favorite "Thanks" from Hero Arts. I split this set between my mom and sister for their respective Mother's Day and Graduation gifts.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cards #19-24: Thanks



{Supplies: Cardstock - various, unknown scraps and Wausau Paper (white), Stamp - Hero Arts (thanks) and Autumn Leaves (flower), markers - Copic, inks - Hobby Lobby (Brown) and Colorbox (black), edge punch - Fiskars (Threading Water), and Cuttlebug embossing folders}

I made 6 of these cards for my mom for Mother's Day. I actually used a couple different embossing folders on the batch, but I only scanned in one card. The paisley folder was my favorite look for this card, probably because it's a busier pattern than the other two I used, so it brings a little more life to the cards as the rest is kind of plain. These were just some quick ands simple cards I made one afternoon when I was a little bored and uninspired, but I loved how they turned out!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cards #7-18: Happy Birthday



{Supplies: Cardstock - Paper Studio, Patterned Paper - KI Memories, Edge Punch - Fiskars Apron Lace, Stamp - Studio G, and Ink - Colorbox Pigment Ink}

I recently made a dozen of these cards, splitting the set between my mom and my mother-in-law. I love the bright, fun papers by KI Memories, but I rarely put them to use because they don't match my clothes/lifestyle/events. So, I use them for a lot of cards like these! It was kind of funny -- they both opened their packages and said "Oh, these are fun!"

(I've got several other large batches of cards I'll be posting like this over the coming weeks. Now that it's summer and life is slowing down a little, I'll be a bit more faithful to the blogosphere!)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Updates

Well, we came to the decision not to go to Vietnam. The extra costs of storing our things, the significantly higher rent in Vietnam, and the travel costs just didn't seem worth it at this point.

I'm still not finding any teaching (or any decent) jobs around Atlanta. I'm thinking it might be time to go back to school, so I've got a couple ideas in mind. I like where we're settled now, though, so it might end up being online course work if I do go back to school.

Trevor's airline is getting new planes and calling back furloughs, so things are looking better for his career! We've been hearing buzz that all the furloughs will be back on the line and they'll be hiring by the end of 2010, but I'm not holding my breath on that one.

We've been traveling a lot lately. I was in ND for a week earlier in May because my sister graduated from UND. Two weeks later, I joined Trevor in Omaha on his two night stay, 32 hour layover. We went to the zoo and had dinner with his crew both nights. Two days after we got back from Omaha, we went to Minnesota to see Trevor's family. We were there from Sunday through Tuesday, spending all day Tuesday trying to get home again. We had a canceled flight in Minneapolis, followed by a long wait, a reroute through Memphis, and a canceled flight in Memphis, resulting in another long wait there, too. I've definitely enjoyed being at home this week!